I’ve heard it said that if you want to find out what is really important to a person, take a look at their checkbook. How do they spend their money? This is certainly an indicator. Are you a shop ’til you drop sort of person? Or do your regular expeditures reflect an attitude of love toward God and your neighbor?
Surrendering to God, however, requires more that writing checks to the church and other worthy causes. Financial generosity may be your gift, but we are asked to be generous with our time and talents as well. Read through this verse from the book of Romans:
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12;1
We are to spend not only our money, but our very selves on God. This is an acceptable way to worship Him — not with some money dropped in the collection plate, not just for one day a week, but every day, with everything we have and are. Wow! That’s a difficult commitment to make. I can hear your thoughts (along with mine) clicking …. uh… but what about my job? My husband? The kids? All of my daily chores? How do I even begin to spend my life on God?
The answer of course is in the Bible:
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
As you go about your daily activities, remember God. Give thanks for your job, your children, your husband and friends, because God has given them to you. Serve them sacrificially as if you were serving Christ. Pray as you go about your day. Ask for help. Ask for guidance. Show the love of Jesus to others. Regard your work as a holy vocation, given to you by God. Martin Luther once said:
” “God is milking the cows through the vocation of the milkmaid.”
So when it comes to the things of God, don’t just give your money. Spend yourself. Surrender.